Moy Park proposes closure of Ashbourne factory with possible loss of 900 jobs

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

900 jobs are at risk at Moy Park's Ashbourne plant
900 jobs are at risk at Moy Park's Ashbourne plant

Related tags Supply chain Meat & Seafood

Moy Park, the poultry producer, is proposing to close its processing facility in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, with the potential loss of over 900 jobs.

The company has announced a consultation with staff at its Ashbourne facility, hatchery and logistics operation in Derbyshire. 

It is proposing changes to its processing model following a strategic review. The business said that due to “ongoing investment”​ in its facilities over the past several years and “enhanced efficiencies”​ it is now in a position to move its fresh primary operations from a four-factory processing model to a three-factory model. 

Absorb additional production

The company’s Ballymena, site in Northern Ireland and Anwick site in Lincolnshire have been identified as having capacity to absorb additional production and grow in the future. 

Moy Park will continue to operate a total of 11 food manufacturing sites across the UK, France and the Netherlands.

A spokesperson at Moy Park said: “Whilst this is difficult news for all the affected employees, this has no reflection on their dedication or commitment to the business. We will be working closely to provide support to employees at the site and in our supply chain impacted by this proposed change. 

“We remain steadfast in our commitment to customers and these proposed changes will ensure the business is best positioned for future growth. 

Operational excellence

“Focusing on operational excellence is all the more important given the challenging headwinds and inflationary environment facing our industry and businesses right across the UK. 

The Ashbourne facility employs 860 staff. Up to 935 people could be impacted by these proposed changes which includes Ashbourne hatchery, drivers and temporary staff.

The news comes as pork producer Pilgrim UK ​revealed it was proposing to close both its St Edmunds and Coalville sites and transfer them to other sites. 

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